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Ca Dei Frati Brolettino Lugana 2020 £26.82
Ca Dei Frati Brolettino Lugana
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca' dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.
The 2020 vintage was varied but balanced. Spring was mild, which allowed for healthy budding and fruit set. Rainfall in June created excellent water reserves in the soils for the warm July that followed. Hailstorms affected some of the vineyards in August, but much of the crop was saved. Ca' dei Frati is excited by the quality of the 2020 fruit.
Pale gold in colour, this wine opens with aromas of stone fruits, rose and a touch of vanilla spice from the oak ageing. The palate has rich peach and apple characters, with a creamy, honeyed texture lifted by stony minerality. It is intense and concentrated with a fresh finish.